Category Archives: Optics

Shooting Solo—Crossbows
by Joe Byers

Ohio Deer 2010 163Crossbow equipment packages typically include a scope with multiple reticle markings, which can be just as confusing as a multi-pin setup on a compound bow.  A red-dot sight with a single dot reticle is ideal for the new archer, hunting in early season when cover is thick and visibility minimized, in low-light situations, and for bowmen and women who wear glasses or may have difficulty seeing multiple reticles clearly.

Last fall, I set up a crossbow with a red-dot sight with a single dot reticle for a deer hunt in the Great Plains.  In these wide open spaces, one might think that multiple sight marks would be preferable for long range shots, however, whitetails there, and in most places, migrate to the thick cover of creeks, ravines, and river bottoms.

TX Deer 06 078I posted in one of these locations and friends put on a drive that pushed a 140-class buck into the heavy cover of a flood plain.  The buck appeared for mere seconds as it approached and the red-dot sight with a single dot reticle made concentrating on the exact spot incredibly simple.  The savvy buck moved through a patch of thick cedars exposing it’s vitals for just a second, yet sufficient exposure for a lethal, double-lung shot.

Red-dot sights usually have little or no magnification, which allows the hunters to see the targeted animal and its behavior plus a choice of a red or green dot for added definition.  Additionally, many models offer a rheostat to adjust the brightness of the dot to ambient light.  This may seem to be of minimal importance, yet bright sunlight can greatly diminish a red dot at midday while a brilliant aiming point can be distracting in low-light conditions.

One Dot- Multiple Ranges

With a 20-yard sight in, a hunter can concentrate on the low shoulder shot without calculating yardage out to 25 yards, where most hunting action takes place.   “I try to convince new crossbow hunters to keep their shot at 30 yards or less,” says Todd Brumley, Publisher of Crossbow Magazine.  “A lot of guys want speed and distance from their crossbows, but they don’t realize all the things that can change at longer ranges.”

 

Data from the Bench

TG8030GAIf you like systems that are simple and uncomplicated, the one-dot sight can work for you and here’s how easy it is.  I set up a TRUGLO® red-dot sight on a new Horton Legend Crossbow (about 330 fps), one of the easiest installations I’ve ever done.  After popping the included rings on the picatinny rail of the bow, I found the scope shot nearly dead-on at 20 yards and the scope adjustments worked exactly as listed.  Three arrows later, I was precisely striking at 20.
Of course, this data will change with variance in bow speed and arrow weight, but crossbows shoot exceedingly flat out to 25 yards.  My research has shown with a variety of bow and arrow combinations that a 20-yard zero will place an arrow five to six inches low at 30 and the drop-off increases disproportionally from there.  I once used this red-dot set-up on a deep-timber elk hunt.  I zeroed the bow at 30 yards and planned to adjust the dot placement for 40 and 50 yards, a system that I quickly adapted.  If you are a person who gets buck fever, a red-dot sight can greatly simplify the aiming process.  Shaking knees are another story.

TRUGLO Red dot on Horton LegendUsing a ballistic rifle target measured in inches for easy calculations, I shot again, hitting the dime-size bull’s eye ¼ inch low.  Next, I moved the target to 15 yards and using the same Easton FMJ, 425-grain arrow to control variables, struck ¾ inches higher.  Finally, I moved the target back to 25 yards and, continuing to shoot from a bench rest and hit 2 ¾ inches below the 20-yard zero.

From a hunting perspective, this data means that if you aim dead center at a deer’s heart at 20 yards and it suddenly comes five yards closer; you’ll take out the top of the heart.  Conversely, a deer that moves five yards farther or if your estimate of range is five yards off, that 20-yard aim will still catch the buck in the pumper.  If you hunt deer during the rut, this aiming latitude is critical since rutting bucks seldom stand still.

Point of Aim: Size Matters
By: Joe Byers

Scott Ellis w 147 Illinois whitetail

Scott Ellis takes his hunting adventures seriously and being on target spells the difference between success and failure. Ellis states, “When hunting turkeys and whitetail deer, having a definitive aiming point is critical,” and as a Prostaff member, he puts TRUGLO’s sighting systems to the test on the ground and from a tree.

A two time Grand National turkey calling champion, he completed his first single season Grand Slam and cumulative third Grand Slam of wild turkeys and several TRUGLO® products played a significant role in his success.   As the Prostaff Manager for WoodHaven Custom Calls and a member of Mossy Oak’s National Prostaff, you’d expect that he “talks turkey” with the best of them, yet he states “just because a gobbler is in range, doesn’t mean it can’t be missed.”

“I shoot the TRITON™ 28MM TRI•COLOR RED•DOT and love it,” he says.  “I’m one of those guys that believes ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ and not someone who tries every new gadget that comes along.”  “However, the tri-color dot optics have proven themselves time and time again, proving to be invaluable in my quest of the single season Grand Slam.  Also, at 30 yards the sight is parallax free, so wherever the dot shows in the sight, the pattern finds its mark.”

He began in Florida with an Osceola in mid-March at Florida Outdoor Experience in Chiefland, where mornings were really dark in the dense canopied oak hammocks of central Florida. The red dot shows up extremely well in those low light conditions.   He scored in Georgia with an Eastern and then moved on to Nebraska and Texas for the Merriam’s and Rio, respectively. The green dot provided a stark contrast with the neutral, beige dominate backdrops in the open terrain of the mid-west. Additionally, Ellis is a big fan of the 2.5 MOA dot, a feature found on the TRITON™.  The fine sight picture acquired with the smaller reticle allows for a larger margin of error, even if your aim is not perfect.

Nebraska Merriams (2) Florida Osciola

When hunting the wide-open spaces of Texas and Nebraska, he also commented on the performance of the TRU•BRITE™ OPEN-BRIDGE BINOCULARS that are as crisp and clear as any he’s used.  Once on a hunt many years ago, he spotted a flock of turkeys half a mile in the distance and finally worked himself within range only to identify that the flock was all hens.   “I learned that day the importance of quality optics and love the TRU•BRITE™ binos for clarity, size, and weight. Identifying game from long distances can save you valuable time on your hunt.”

Ellis, an avid archery whitetail hunter, also chooses TRUGLO® bow sights to aid his success.   “Never knowing when a longer shot will present itself, I practice out to 60-70 yards.  At those distances, pin size is very important.  I love the RIVAL™ HUNTER with the DDP™ (Decreasing Diameter Pin) Technology. This feature enables longer range pins to decrease in diameter, again creating a finer sight picture”   “Just as with the brightness control on the reticle of my TRITON™ turkey scope, the rheostat on my RIVAL™ HUNTER bow sight will seal the deal in low light conditions.  With any normal lighted bow sight, the uncontrolled brightness can blow out the sight picture, thus hindering the ability to make a good shot on your quarry. The rheostat controlled light on the RIVAL™ HUNTER allows me to regulate the illumination of the pin for optimal sighting. Low light conditions demand a very delicate balance of pin brightness versus ambient lighting.  Size matters at point of aim and smaller is better.


TRUGLO® is the world’s leading brand of fiber-optic and patented TFO (Tritium/Fiber-Optic) technology for the shooting sports industry. Born through innovation, TRUGLO® continually enhances the marketplace with advanced and revolutionary technology for shooters of all types. Based in Richardson, Texas, TRUGLO® celebrates over 20 years of offering cutting-edge accessories to shooters who are passionate about quality and clarity.

Giving back to an industry they love, TRUGLO® supports many conservation groups, youth programs, and organizations that promote the values they believe are necessary to guarantee the industry’s future.   TRUGLO®—When Brightness Counts!

 

TRUGLO®’s BRITE-SITE™ TFO® Lineup for Handguns

Handgun owners with model 1911 firearms, specific Ruger® models or the Glock® 41 or 42 can enjoy the world’s most technologically advanced fiber-optic sights containing TRUGLO®’s patented TFO® Tritium/Fiber-Optic technology  now that TRUGLO® has extended its BRITE-SITE™ TFO® line of handgun sights.

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TFO

The new 1911 Brite-Site™ TFO® handgun sight models include Novak® Lo-Mount cut sights for the 5-inch Government in .45ACP, 9mm/.40 S&W, as well as the 3-inch Officers and 4.25-inch Commander models in .45ACP, 9mm/.40 S&W. Ruger® models are designed to fit the Ruger® SR9, SR40 and SR45 (includes compact models), as well as the Ruger® LC9 and LC380. The Glock® 41 and 42 TFO® Brite-Site™ sights join an earlier release for the Glock® 22.

TRUGLO® BRITE-SITE™ TFO® handgun sights are the most revolutionary innovation since TRUGLO® introduced fiber-optics to the shooting sports industry more than twenty years ago. TFO® refers to a patented combination of tritium and fiber-optic technologies. The tritium maintains the brightness level of the sight in low or no-light conditions. That means you can see your sight even in complete darkness with perfect transition through all lighting conditions. Tritium does not need batteries and does not need to be charged with light: It simply glows!

Tritium is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen that occurs naturally in trace amounts.  TRUGLO® utilizes only the highest quality tritium available in the world for their handgun sights.  Mb-microtec, located in Bern, Switzerland has been in existence since 1918 and is world renowned for its manufacturing capabilities regarding tritium technology. http://www.mbmicrotec.com

Using TRUGLO®’s patented TFO® technology, these handgun sights will deliver an enhanced sight picture 24/7. The TFO® technology achieves rapid target acquisition by using existing ambient light to illuminate the sight picture during bright lighting conditions and then utilizing the tritium component to illuminate the fiber-optic during low or no-light conditions. Simply put, the end user can rely on TRUGLO®’s TFO® Brite-Site™ for an uninterrupted, consistent sight picture without the need for batteries.

The low-profile sight housings are constructed from CNC-machined steel. The design protects the fiber-optic while concealing its view from the target. The TFO® sights are designed to fit in standard holsters and are snag-resistant and dependable.

Models for the 1911’s,  Ruger® and Glock® 42 come in front and rear sight configurations:

TG131NT1 (Green Front Sight / Green Rear Sight) TG131NT1Y (Green Front Sight / Yellow Rear Sight)
Novak® LoMount cut .260 Front / .450 Rear (1911 5-inch Government .45ACP)

TG131NT2 (Green Front Sight / Green Rear Sight) TG131NT2Y (Green Front Sight / Yellow Rear Sight)
Novak® LoMount cut .270 Front / .450 Rear (1911 5-inch Government 9mm/.40 S&W)

TG131NT3 (Green Front Sight / Green Rear Sight) TG131NT3Y (Green Front Sight / Yellow Rear Sight)
Novak® LoMount cut .260 Front / .500 Rear (1911 3-inch Officers & 4.25-inch Commander .45ACP)

TG131NT4 (Green Front Sight / Green Rear Sight) TG131NT4Y (Green Front Sight / Yellow Rear Sight)
Novak® LoMount cut .270 Front / .500 Rear(1911 3-inch Officers & 4.25-inch Commander 9mm/.40 S&W®)

TG131RT1 (FRONT SIGHT ONLY – Green) for Ruger® SR9/ SR40/ SR45 (includes compact models)

TG131RT2 (Green Front Sight / Green Rear Sight) for Ruger® LC9/ LC380

TG131RT2Y (Green Front Sight / Yellow Rear Sight) for Ruger® LC9/ LC380

TG131GT2 (Green Front Sight /Green Rear Sight) Glock® 41 model

TG131GT2Y (Green Front Sight /Yellow Rear Sight) Glock® 41 model

TG131GT1A (Green Front Sight /Green Rear Sight) Glock® 42 model

TG131GT1B (Green Front Sight /Yellow Rear Sight) Glock® 42 model

 

TRUGLO® is the world’s leading company in fiber-optic technology for the shooting sports industry. Born from innovation, TRUGLO® continues year after year to enhance the marketplace with technologically advanced and innovative ideas for the outdoor enthusiast. Based in Richardson, Texas, TRUGLO® is a world-wide brand celebrating over 20 years of offering only the best they have to shooters and hunters around the world. Giving back to an industry they love, TRUGLO® is involved in many conservation groups, youth programs and organizations that promote the values they believe are necessary to guarantee this industry’s future. Visit www.truglo.com.

 

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